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April 15, 2016

Lincoln Center President Resigns Unexpectedly

Jed Bernstein will step down as president of the Lincoln Center next week, reports The New York Times. The departure leaves the largest nonprofit performing-arts center in the United States without a leader as it continues to mount a fledgling campaign to raise half a billion dollars for a major renovation of David Geffen Hall, home of the New York Philharmonic. 

The resignation comes as a surprise, but the Times suggests that Mr. Bernstein may not have worked well with donors and board members. “These jobs are about making the people who hire you feel empowered and important,” said Rocco Landesman, who recently served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “You live or die to the extent you do that.”

Previously, Mr. Bernstein led the Broadway League, a national trade association, for a decade, produced Broadway shows, and was involved in other theater-related ventures. Some thought he was a strange choice to lead the Lincoln Center, given that his background was in marketing and advertising and he didn't have experience leading a nonprofit, the Times reports.